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Assistant Coach Jessica Bailey

West Franklin Falcon Cross Country 2019-2020

The West Franklin Cross Country Team made their journey to Rim Rock for the 3A KSHAA State Championships on Saturday.  It was a cool morning, but the air was full of energy for the upcoming races, and the changing leaves on the trees added to the spectacle.

The Lady Falcons were the first race of the day.  Their main competition would be with schools that they had not seen at any meet during the season, so there was uncertainty about their competition, but not about their own abilities.  Emma Bailey was the first Falcon, crossing the line in 9th place to claim a spot on the All-State team. Lily Judd ran a lifetime best time for 22nd place, followed closely by Bailey Leach as she kicked for home in 24th.  Lizzy Singer ran a season best by nearly 30 seconds, while Kaitlyn Pringle ran a personal record for the Rim Rock course. The team had run well and now waited for the final results to be calculated.

The Lady Falcons were awarded 6th place as a team.  The results showed that they had tied for 5th with Silver Lake, but lost in the tie-breaker because the Falcons only had 5 runners, while Silver Lake had 6.  Losing the tie was a tough break, but the 6th place finish tied the best state finish in school history, which they had claimed with a 6th place finish in 2018.  Only three other teams even qualified for 3A State in 2018 and 2019, which demonstrates how these ladies have helped to make this program a successful one from year to year.

Kyle Haner warmed up with members of his team, but he had to face the boys race alone.  After getting out quickly with the pack, he was able to battle to finish in 33rd place. He crossed the line with a time of 17:52 as the 6th place freshman.

And so the season ends with great performances from amazing athletes.  Thanks for everyone’s support each week. Many of the athletes will choose to train themselves throughout the winter with hopes of improving as athletes and as people, so I hope you will tune back in to see them when track season arrives in the spring.  Until then, this is Coach Hahn signing off!

Varsity Girls Team (6th):

Emma Bailey 9th* (20:37)

Lily Judd 22nd (21:09)

Bailey Leach 24th (21:17)

Elizabeth Singer 59th (22:48)

Kaitlyn Pringle 82nd (24:27)

Varsity Boys:

Kyle Haner 33rd (17:52)